Outgoing Greenwood Acting Police Chief Johnny Langdon called Mayor McAdams a liar, anti-christ, and the Devil himself at this afternoon's city council meeting.
Thirty eight minutes into today's City Council meeting, Acting Police Chief Johnny Langdon took to the podium to announce his retirement next week from the police department. After explaining briefly his background and the fact that he had served for 29 years on the force, Langdon let loose a blistering attack against Mayor Carolyn McAdams.
The reason I have chosen to retire is, I simply can't take any more of the dictator leadership of Carolyn McAdams. Carolyn McAdams has no law enforcement experience, but she wants to make law enforcement decisions - decisions that are so close to being illegal that there is no gray area.
I only have a high school education, but the difference is, it was a Greenwood Public School high school education. I graduated with excellence in English and English literature. I read, and I comprehend what I read. That's whether I'm reading the back of a BC powder, or a city policy.
There is an evilness about this leadership like I've never seen. An evilness that seems to be orchestrated from another source. An evilness that took some person to go to a major university and major in Evilness and Wickedness 101.
Carolyn McAdams will use you and throw you to the side like an empty beer can on a hot Saturday night. She's anti-police and is determined on dismantling the Greenwood Police Department. When it comes to the Greenwood Police Department, her philosophy is, Guilty until Proven Innocent.
I'll leave you with these words: anti-christ, Beelzebub, deceiver, destroyer, liar, seven heads and ten horns on Satan, the Devil himself. That's the Carolyn McAdams I know!
Have a good day.
Council member and State Senator David Jordan praised Langdon for his work in the Department, and said he had grave concerns about what Langdon has brought up. He said he is sorry to see Langdon leave. Jordan said if Langdon's accusations are accurate, then "we have a big problem here."
Langdon agreed with Jordan's assessment.
The Mayor then stated that she agrees that we have a big problem in the police department. She agreed with Jordan that the council and mayor must resolve this big problem.
When Jordan pointed out that the Chief is going out of office making an accusation against the Mayor, Mayor McAdams replied:
Well, why wouldn't he? He's absolutely disgruntled about something, but seven heads, an anti-christ, a dictatorship, I am not.
I help people all the time, I try to help that department. I have repeatedly asked for help over there, I get shot down all the time, I mean, it's just over, we are in trouble. I agree with Chief Langdon 100%.
I trust people until I can't trust them any longer.
McAdams then informed the Council that she had already informed Council President Stevenson that she wanted to go into executive session to discuss the police department problem.
The Council did go into executive session at the end of the regular meeting, but the public and the press were excluded.
The Council also voted to ask the Legislature to reauthorize the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the associated sales tax to fund it.
The Council also voted to join the Chamber of Commerce at a special "municipal" rate.
Toward the end of the meeting, as the council was debating asking the Legislature to renew authorization for the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Ward 1 Council member Johnny Jennings brought up the fact that he pays more property taxes and owns more real estate than does Ward 6 Council member and State Senator David Jordan.
This is a familiar argument that Jennings frequently brings up when discussing city business at the council meeting and with his constituents.
Jennings continued to press the point, and after Council President Ronnie Stevenson told him his comments were out of order, he interjected "I'll bring all my tax receipts down here."
When Jennings persisted in threatening to bring all his tax receipts to city hall to show everybody how much he pays in property taxes, Stevenson asked him in exasperation to "leave him [Jordan] alone!"
Jennings then retorted "he's [Jordan] just about too old to have his butt whipped like it should be, he's just about too old." He repeated this statement at least twice more, while Stevenson and the other members ignored his comments.